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Old 09-07-2014, 08:41 PM
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DIY: Replacing Front Sway Bar End Links X5 E70

DIY: Replacing Front Sway Bar End Links

Problem: As you drive around and drive in and out of driveways, especially while turning in and out of driveways you hear a knocking sound that sounds like metal to metal knocking sound. You can also hear this as you drive through a row of pot-holes and uneven road. The noise appears to come front under the cars front / under your feet.


Enjoy.

What you need:
- e70 x5 (my 2008 X5 E70 4.8i, N62 - about 115k miles, had noise for over last 40k), or a BMW X5
- basic tools to include: 17mm socket, 18mm socket, t-40 (solid core) star socket, 18mm open end wrench, few ratchets, breaker bar to remove wheel bolts with
- new replacement Front Sway Bar End Link (left and right)




- hydraulic jack

Additional work I’ve performed:
- N/A


Disclaimer: in no way does reading this post authorize you to do this repair yourself. You should always service your BMW at an authorized BMW Service point. Death and injury may/will result if you undertake this repair.



Things to know:
- correct torque setting for the nuts is 41 ft lbs (thanks MAK3N3)
- this project should take no more then about 30 minutes per side.
- there is no need for another jack to take load off the hub.



Parts:
- you can get your parts from import auto parts store that is local to you, ecstuning.com and the dealer. (about $150.00 total)


Work to be performed:

- park on level surface and engage HAND BREAK
- loosen front wheel bolts
- lift the car up and remove front wheel
- you will notice there is a link you are about to replace behind the break disk, it connects the arm holding the spindle to the anti sway bar





- using a big breaker bar with an 18mm socket on it loosen both the top and bottom nuts




- switch tools; using open end 18mm wrench and t-40 wrench, start removing the old nuts (hold the shaft in place with the t-40 and use open wrench to remove the nut; top and bottom)
- install new link in place where old one was and tighten the new nuts: notice the nut with the washer goes on top (arm holding the spindle)
- tighten to designated spec, or “tight as hell”




- reinstall the wheel
- repeat on the other side
- take the beast for a spin, and enjoy a quiet ride. No more knocking noise.


Happy Motoring

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DIY: Replacing Front Sway Bar End Links X5 E70

Man, Thank you!!
this may be the sound I have driving me crazy!!


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Man, Thank you!!
this may be the sound I have driving me crazy!!


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Jack up the car and take the wheel off.
Once you look at the links and you see they are broken, I'm almost 100% sure it's your problem too.
Of-course there are other bushing that may be bad too.

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Funny, the X5 we recently purchased has this noise... I haven't had a chance to do any sort of investigation, but end links or tie rod ends have been my suspect parts...

Are the front end links known to go bad on the E70?? I'm at surprisingly low mileage...
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Funny, the X5 we recently purchased has this noise... I haven't had a chance to do any sort of investigation, but end links or tie rod ends have been my suspect parts...

Are the front end links known to go bad on the E70?? I'm at surprisingly low mileage...
Hey, I don't know what they are known for. Going bad may be one.

In my case: I got the x5 with 65K on it. It was a city car for a good half of its life... Brooklyn. I've driven it since I got it (for 2 years) and now have 115K on the x5.

Hope this gives you an idea, but by 65K the links have failed.
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Hi,
Do u have to suspend both front wheel in the air to release the stress on the sway bar links? Or can you lift one side at a time and replace the links?
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Do u have to suspend both front wheel in the air to release the stress on the sway bar links? Or can you lift one side at a time and replace the links?
Lift one side of the car in the air, remove wheel, let it hang on its own.
No need to suspend anything, there is no stress on the sway bar.

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Is there a difference in parts between those with Adaptive drive and without ?

Was searching and most just have the part based on year and model , but came across one that mention " for vehicles with A/D "
Aside from price parts look the Same...


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DIY: Replacing Front Sway Bar End Links X5 E70

Did mine today , what a difference! Was able to get parts from my local dealer for $120 (tax included) car feels new and quiet! Glad I saw this post . Thanks!!


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